Favorite seiyuu (voice actors)

There are so many great Japanese seiyuu and I thought I would pay tribute to my favorites by mentioning them on this blog. Because let’s face it, voice acting in otome games is kind of important. 🙂 Listed below are my favorite seiyuu (in no particular order)… right now all but one of them are from Hakuouki, lol. I’m sure this list will change as I play more games though. I plan to eventually create a page for each favorite and will try to keep it updated with current info.

  • Miki Shinichiro (age 44): A very popular seiyuu with a ton of work in anime, video games, drama CDs, BL (boys’ love) CDs, TV, movies, etc. He’s the voice of Hijikita in the Hakuouki franchise (otome game, anime, drama CDs). I just love it when he growls, “temera…” and “… ja ne yo.” Looking forward to hearing him in the soon-to-be-released Kimi Kare – Shingakki (if I get it) and Hyakki Yakou – Kaidan Romance (definitely getting it). If he doesn’t alter his voice too much, I’ll probably have flashbacks of Hakuouki though, lol. His voice is pretty distinctive.
  • Morikubo Shoutarou (age 38): A fairly popular seiyuu in anime, video games, and drama CDs. His voice has a cheery, playful quality to it… I thought he was a great fit for the role of Okita Souji in the Hakuouki game. For some reason, his voice sounded a lot more nasal in a couple of the Hakuouki drama CDs that I heard though. He has a role in the upcoming Kimi Kare.
  • Toriumi Kousuke (age 39): A popular seiyuu with a lot of roles in anime, video games, drama CDs, and BL CDs. He’s the voice of Saitou Hajime in Hakuouki and his calm, earnest voice fit the character well. He does a lot of voice acting in popular otome video games and also R18 otome PC games. R18 otome games are for adults (18 years and up) since they have mature sexual content and nudity. Looking forward to hearing him in Oumagatoki – Kaidan Romance, which I will probably play next after I finish Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku.
  • Yusa Kouji (age 43): A popular seiyuu with a lot of work in anime, drama CDs, BL CDs, and video games (otome and R18). He’s the voice of Harada Sanosuke in Hakuouki. I didn’t pay much attention to his voice until I played the Harada route… he has a pleasant, good-natured sounding voice. He shows up in a couple of games that I already bought (Mahoutsukai to Goshujinsama New Ground and Oumagatoki). He’s also the voice of Kazama in the Kiss Yori mo Hayaku (Faster Than a Kiss) drama CD!
  • Nakamura Yuuichi (age 32): A fairly popular seiyuu in anime, drama CDs, BL CDs and video games. He’s the voice of Reimei in the Bloody Call (PC) and unEnding Bloody Call (PSP) games. I downloaded the PC trial version of Bloody Call last month and really like his voice. Looking forward to hearing more of him in Mahoutsukai to Goshujinsama and possibly Kimi Kare. He’s also the voice of Ren in the Strobe Edge drama CD!

I was surprised to see that most of these guys are in their late-30’s to early-40’s. I thought they would be younger, well, maybe except for Miki Shinichiro… he just sounds older than the rest of them, but in a good way. 🙂

Otome game wish list

There is such a wide selection of otome games (Japanese) for the PSP, it’s hard to decide which ones to get and unfortunately with the yen rate, the games are pretty expensive compared to the prices for games available in the United States. Of course, there are no otome games available here, except for Hakuouki – Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, so I have to buy the Japanese games. I think I’d rather play the Japanese version anyway. 🙂

Fortunately, I’ve found some blogs which have detailed reviews and they’ve helped me figure out which games I should add to my wish list. 🙂

So, in no particular order, here are the games that I plan/hope to buy this year:

  • HanaIchi Kinema MosaicHanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku – Kinema Mosaic (Otomate – released 12/8/11): Listed as a fan disk, this game is actually longer than the first one which I’m currently playing and it’s long… I just hit the 31 hour mark and I’m almost finished with the first route… there are 6 more routes to go, lol. In Kinema Mosaic, there are three different story modes: second year, epilogue, and informant. Here’s the link for the game info: Kinema Mosaic

  • unEnding Bloody CallunEnding Bloody Call (BlueMoon and icing candy – released 6/28/12): PSP port of the PC game but this version includes around 50 updated graphics, an after story, and a parallel story with new designs for the characters’ civilian clothes. The graphics in the PC version look great already, so I can’t wait to see the PSP ones. Here’s the link for the game info: unEnding Bloody Call

  • Storm Lover KaiStorm Lover Kai (D3P – released 6/7/12): A revamp of Storm Lover with improved events and graphics. I wasn’t planning to get this game at first because it sounds similar to Tokimeki Memorial (I tried playing the first one and wasn’t too interested), but after reading the reviews, Storm Lover Kai sounds like it will be a lot of fun! Here’s the link for the game info (requires FlashPlayer): Storm Lover Kai

  • Hakuouki Yuugiroku 2Hakuouki Yuugiroku 2 (Otomate – scheduled for release on 9/20/12): This is the next chibi mini-adventure game. The chibi characters are so cute! I’m bummed that I missed the first one, but it looks like Otomate is going to offer a twin pack, so both games might be included, yay! Here’s the link for the game info (requires FlashPlayer): Hakuouki Yuugiroku 2

  • Hyakki YakouHyakki Yakou (QuinRose – scheduled for release on 10/25/12): Another supernatural high school romance story. I think it’s a spin-off of their earlier game, Oumagatoki. Don’t know much about it yet, but the graphics are really nice, it’s rated Cero D (!) which is for 17 years old and up, and Miki Shinichirou is one of the seiyuus… drool, lol. Here’s the link for the game info: Hyakki Yakou

  • Kimi Kare ShingakkiKimi Kare Shingakki (Otomote – scheduled for release on 7/19/12). I’m on the fence about this one because it’s another high school setting, but the graphics are cute and the seiyuu include: Miki Shinichirou, Morikubo Shoutarou, and Nakamura Yuuichi… I’m really tempted to buy this game based on the seiyuu alone but if it’s not fun to play, then I won’t get it. Here’s the link to the game info (requires FlashPlayer): Kimi Kare